We're putting everything into Sunday says Larisey


By Colette Carr

Canadian attacker Clarissa Larisey says while the Hoops know Sunday will be a tricky test, they can’t wait for the opportunity to fight for their place in the first final of the season.

Celtic take to the Forthbank Stadium to face Hibs in the second semi-final of the day after Glasgow City take on Spartans and the Canadian told the Celtic website that the Celts have been putting in everything they have ahead of kick-off on Sunday. 

“I’m looking forward to it a lot,” she began, “the fact we’re in the semi-finals is very exciting and we’re all ready. It’s a big game and we want to get to the finals so we’re putting everything in and working hard.”

The road to the semi-final began back in August with a convincing 3-1 victory over Partick Thistle at Petershill, but Larisey’s first taste of the cup came two weeks ago in a testing meeting with Rangers at their rivals’ training centre. But that good outing can give the Celts confidence ahead of meeting holders Hibs this weekend. 

“The quarterfinal was a big game for us and we came away with a good win. It wasn’t easy but we got it done so we’re expecting a really good game again on Sunday. They’re a very good team and we’re expecting them at their best,” she explained. 

The last of seven summer signings, Larisey arrived just in time for the SWPL1 opener away to Aberdeen having missed the Cup group games and the Champions League trip to Norway. But despite arriving late, the forward has found herself with run of games in Fran Alonso’s starting eleven, something she is delighted with as she gets up to speed with life at Celtic.

“It took me a little while to get comfortable with myself and knowing my place, but all the girls and the coaching staff have done so much to make me feel comfortable and now I’m just getting more and more confident on the field, which in turn is making me more comfortable so it is nice to be in the starting eleven.

“A lot of little details matter here and it’s a lot more possession-based than I’m used to. I like how we are all on the same page and no matter your position we are all focussed on the same plan.” 

And ahead of Sunday, she is hoping their hard work can translate into even more rewards.

“I think this team is incredible. We have such great depth and our team is very strong, starting eleven or not, so we can go far if we continue to focus on the details and playing for each other,” Larisey added.

Celtic take on Hibs in the semi-final of the League Cup this Sunday at the Forthbank Stadium in Stirling in the 4:30pm kick-off. Tickets can be bought on the gate for £5 for adults and £2 concessions. 

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